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Crowds on the beach at Atlantic City circa (Credit: Photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

Crowds on the beach at Atlantic City circa 1910. Atlantic City has always been a resort town, since its incorporation in 1854.

Now and then on the Jersey Shore

Crowds on the beach at Atlantic City circa
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Crowds on the beach at Atlantic City circa 1910. Atlantic City has always been a resort town, since its incorporation in 1854.

Swimmers at Asbury Park, July 19, 1908.
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Swimmers at Asbury Park, July 19, 1908.

Asbury Park Lake at the turn of the
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Asbury Park Lake at the turn of the 20th century. From the late 1800s until the 1960s, the town was known as the "Jewel of the Jersey Shore." For the past five years the city is in the midst of a cultural, political and economic revival, led by a burgeoning industry of local and national artists.

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A baby carnival in Long Branch around the

A baby carnival in Long Branch around the turn of the 20th century.

Musicians playing "sacred" music at the Society Circus
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Musicians playing "sacred" music at the Society Circus in Long Branch, August 1909.

The boardwalk in Ocean City as seen in
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The boardwalk in Ocean City as seen in 1908. Since its founding in 1879, the town has been known as a family seaside resort that has prohibited the sales of alcoholic beverages within its limits.

Camps at Ocean Grove circa 1904. This town,
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Camps at Ocean Grove circa 1904. This town, just north of Belmar on the Jersey Shore, was founded by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in 1869 as a Methodist summer seashore community and it remains the longest-active camp meeting site in the United States.

The beach at Seaside Heights, a town on
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The beach at Seaside Heights, a town on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean on New Jersey's shore.

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A young boy admires a "Finding Nemo" sand
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A young boy admires a "Finding Nemo" sand sculpture during the 28th Annual Miss Crustacean Pageant and Hermit Crab Races in August, 2003 in Ocean City.

A Basset Hound dressed as Cruela De Ville
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A Basset Hound dressed as Cruela De Ville walks with 500 plus Basset Hounds during Ocean City's BoardWaddle 2007, hosted by the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue. The annual parade raises money for homeless basset hounds in New Jersey, Southern New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. (

Participants cheer on their hermit crabs during Ocean
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Participants cheer on their hermit crabs during Ocean City's 28th Annual Miss Crustacean Pageant and Hermit Crab Races in August, 2003.

Emma Golden of Phillipsburg, New Jersey holds up
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Emma Golden of Phillipsburg, New Jersey holds up her Olympic gold medal themed hermit crab during the 30th Annual Miss Crustacean Pageant in 2004 in Ocean City. Hundreds of people from all over the U.S. participate in the annual pageant.

The MTV Clubhouse in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
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The MTV Clubhouse in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Each summer the outside performances draw crowds.

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The Cape May Lighthouse was built in 1859,
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The Cape May Lighthouse was built in 1859, automated in 1946 and continues in operation to this day. The view from the top extends to Cape May City and Wildwood to the north, Cape May Point to the south, and, on a clear day, Cape Henlopen, Delaware, to the west.

A great egret takes flight in an estuary
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A great egret takes flight in an estuary in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May area is a world-famous location for the observation of migrating birds, especially in fall. Over 400 bird species having been recorded in this area.

Will Russell, Don Freiday and Pete Dunne of
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Will Russell, Don Freiday and Pete Dunne of the Zeiss team search for birds during the World Series of Birding in May 2007, from their stationary position in an estuary in Cape May, New Jersey. The annual event draws birders from around the country in a competition to count the most number of species in a 24-hour period in the state of New Jersey. )

A ship passes by the beach in Cape
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A ship passes by the beach in Cape May, New Jersey. The beaches of Cape May contain what are known as ''Cape May Diamonds,' clear quartz pebbles that wash down from the Delaware River. They begin as prismatic quartz in the quartz veins alongside the Delaware River that get eroded out of the host rock and wash down 200 miles to the shore. For beachgoers, collecting Cape May diamonds is a popular pastime. And many tourist shops sell them polished or even as faceted stones.

Kristin Fabiano, Michael Lana, and Jessica Mann, all
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Kristin Fabiano, Michael Lana, and Jessica Mann, all of Rutherford, New Jersey, walk along the cool surf of the ocean at Bradley Beach. Bradley sits in between Belmar to the south and Asbury Park to the north on the Jersey Shore.

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Jeannette Hecker and Catie Vagneur play against Tyra
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Jeannette Hecker and Catie Vagneur play against Tyra Turner and Makare Wilson at the AVP Belmar Open on July 9, 2005 in Belmar, New Jersey.

Mark D'Angelo, left, Craig Macdonald, and Denise DePresca,
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Mark D'Angelo, left, Craig Macdonald, and Denise DePresca, right, all of Belmar, N.J. work on their sandcastle entry in the 19th Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in 2005 on Belmar's 18th Avenue Beach.

Joe Romano, left, of North Wales, Pennsylvania, lets
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Joe Romano, left, of North Wales, Pennsylvania, lets his son, Christian bury him in the sand at the beach in Avalon.

Lifeguards with boat on the beach at Atlantic
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Lifeguards with boat on the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The skyline and beach at Atlantic City in
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The skyline and beach at Atlantic City in 2007.

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The Water Show at The Pier Shops at
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The Water Show at The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City.

The Pier Shops at Caesars on the second
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The Pier Shops at Caesars on the second level, in Atlantic City.

The Pier Shops at Caesars on Level 3
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The Pier Shops at Caesars on Level 3 looking at the sun setting over Atlantic City, New Jersey.

An exterior of The Pier Shops at Caesars
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An exterior of The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

People walk along the Atlantic City boardwalk on
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People walk along the Atlantic City boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean this year. The old-fashioned resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey, is angling for a cosmopolitan crowd with an array of shiny new casinos.

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